After a year in limbo, a segment I helped on has finally been posted on MetroFocus!
In this segment, Megan Thompson, field producer at Thirteen/WLIW21, reports on homeschooling in New York City and talks to two moms, Amy Milstein and Sandra Leong, about their unconventional choice to homeschool.
Last week was back-to-school time for New York City, but for some students, that meant pulling up a chair at the kitchen table, not returning to a classroom. For several thousand city children, school happens right at home.
Across the country, homeschooling is on the rise. The most recent federal survey reports that between 2003 and 2007, the number of homeschooled students rose 36 percent to 1.5 million. But some researchers say the number is likely closer to 2 million.Once considered a fringe movement, homeschooling is becoming more mainstream in New York. About 2,550 kids were homeschooled in New York City last year, according to the city’s Department of Education.
While the majority of those represented in the national survey chose to homeschool their kids in order to provide religious or moral instruction, here in New York,MetroFocus has heard from many parents who say they simply think homeschooling is the better way to go.